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These events for children and families are free unless a fee is noted.

Performances

"FREEDOM'S CHILD" -- through May 28. Friday at 10 and 11:30. Adults $5, children $4. Reservations recommended. Discovery Theatre, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-357-1500 or 202-357-3030.

"CINDERELLA" -- through May 30. Friday at 10 and 11:30; Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 and 1; Wednesday- Thursday at 10 and 11:30. $6. Reservations recommended. The Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-6668.

"A GENIE NAMED KHATAB" -- through June 6. Friday at 7, Saturday at 3 and 7, Sunday at 3. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St. Arlington. 703-824-6200.

"GALAPAGOS GEORGE" by Barefoot Puppets, Saturday at 10:30 and noon. $7, ages 8 and younger $5. Old Town Theater, 8151/2 King St., Alexandria. 703-683-8888.

"MORE AESOP'S FABLES" -- puppetry by Jim West, Saturday at 11. $6, seniors, students and children $5. Parilla Performing Arts Center, Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee St., Rockville. 301-279-5301.

""THE UGLY DUCKLING" -- Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 3:30. $7. Reservations recommended. Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-320-5331.

"SLEEPING BEAUTY" -- through June 26. Saturday at 2. $9, show only. Reservations recommended. West End Dinner Theatre, 4615 Duke St., Alexandria. 703-370-2500.

"DUCK SOUP" by the Gaithersburg Youth Club, Saturday at 7. $5, ages 10 and under $2. Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350.

"OH, SUSANNAH!" -- music and movement by Susan McNelis, Tuesday at 10:30. $4. Jammin' Java, 231 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566.

"CONNECTION TEEN" by the Imagination Stage Dance Ensemble, through May 29. Thursday at 7:30. $9. Reservations recommended. Imagination Stage Lerner Theatre, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. 301-280-1660.

Special Events

"IMAGINASIA" -- Saturday and Sunday at 2. Art tour and workshop for ages 6 to 14. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-357-2700 (TDD: 202-357-1729).

"VIVA MEXICO!" -- Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday 11 to 6. A celebration of Mexican culture, with films, storytelling, art tours, hands-on art activities, music and a rolling rainforest. East Building, National Gallery of Art, Fourth and Constitution NW. 202-737-4215.

Nature

NATIONAL ZOO -- Grounds open daily 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., most animal buildings and Amazonia open 10 to 4:30 (exceptions are posted). Seal and sea lion training at 11:30, elephant care sessions at 11 most days. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-673-4800.

NATIONAL AQUARIUM -- More than 1,000 specimens of aquatic life, including an alligator exhibit. Open daily 9 to 5. Adults $3, ages 2 to 10 75 cents, under 2 free. Department of Commerce Building, 14th and Constitution NW. 202-482-2825.

BALTIMORE AQUARIUM -- The National Aquarium in Baltimore features a marine mammal pavilion, an Atlantic coral reef exhibit and a South American rain forest. Timed-entry tickets required. Open Friday 9 to 8, Saturday-Thursday 9 to 5. Admission $17.50; seniors $14.50; ages 3 to 11 $9.50 (under 3 free). Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. For information, 410-576-3800; for advance tickets, Ticketmaster, 202-432-7328 or 410-481-7328 (service charges added).

NATIONAL WILDLIFE VISITOR Center -- Interior Department science and environmental education center offers interactive exhibits and films. Open daily 10 to 5:30. Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel. 301-497-5760.

ROCK CREEK NATURE CENTER -- Planetarium shows: "The Night Sky," Saturday and Sunday at 1 for ages 4 and up; "Exploring the Universe," Saturday and Sunday at 4 for ages 7 and up; planetarium show for younger children, Wednesday at 4 for ages 2 to 10. Free planetarium tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. 5200 Glover Rd. NW. 202-895-6070.

ARLINGTON PLANETARIUM -- "Larry, Cat in Space," through June 20. Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 1:30 and 3. $2.50, seniors and ages under 12 $1.50. Reservations recommended. 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-6070.

Places to Visit

CAPITAL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM -- Exhibitions: "Brain Teasers"; "Japan: Through the Eyes of a Child"; "Chemical Science Center"; "Mexico"; "Animation"; "Cityscapes." Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 to 5. $7, seniors $5, ages 2 and under free. 800 Third St. NE. 202-675-4120.

MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER -- Exhibits: "Dino Digs," about dinosaurs native to Maryland; "Chesapeake Bay"; "Outer Space Place." Hands-on exhibits and demonstrations of scientific principles. IMAX films screened hourly. Planetarium show, hourly. Admission, including planetarium show and IMAX, is $16, seniors $14, ages 3 to 12 $12.50. Open Friday 10 to 5, Saturday 10 to 6, Sunday noon to 5, Monday-Thursday 10 to 5. 601 Light St., Baltimore. 410-685-5225.

PORT DISCOVERY -- Interactive fantasy structures, mechanical sculptures and related activities. Open Friday-Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 5, Tuesday-Thursday 10 to 5. $11, ages 3 to 12 $8.50, under 3 free. 35 Market Pl., Baltimore. 410-727-8120.

DISCOVERY CREEK CHILDREN'S Museum -- "Rotten But Not Forgotten," exhibit and related activities, open Saturday and Sunday 10 to 3. $5, seniors $3, under age 2 free. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 202-337-5111.

LEESBURG ANIMAL PARK -- Petting zoo and related activities, open Friday-Sunday 10 to 5, Thursday 10 to 3. $7.95, seniors and ages 2 through 12 $5.95, younger free. 19270 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg. 703-433-0002.

CATHEDRAL CRAFTS -- Saturday 10 to 2, for ages 6 to 12. Explore mosaics, stained glass, stone carving and other crafts. $7; reservations required for groups larger than ten. Crypt Classroom, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-2934.

CLAUDE MOORE COLONIAL FARM -- Visit a re-creation of an 18th-century family farm, open Friday-Sunday and Wednesday- Thursday from 10 to 4:30. $3, seniors and ages 3 to 12 $2. 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 703-847-0710.

NATIONAL COLONIAL FARM -- The mid-18th-century tobacco plantation is open Friday-Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday from 10 to 5. Adults $2, under 12 50 cents; $5 maximum per family. 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. 301-283-2113.

OXON HILL FARM -- The working farm is open daily from 9 to 4:30, with farm demonstrations and tours. Oxon Cove Park, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. 301-839-1176 (TDD: 301-839-1783).

COLVIN RUN MILL -- Tour the 19th-century gristmill 11 to 5 daily except Tuesday. Adults $4, children $2. 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls. 703-759-2771.

PEIRCE MILL -- Tour the 1820 flour mill Friday-Sunday and Wednesday-Thursday noon to 5. At Beach Drive and Tilden Street NW, in Rock Creek Park. 202-282-0927.

OLD STONE HOUSE -- Tour the 1765 structure Friday-Sunday and Wednesday-Thursday noon to 5. 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851.

SULLY HISTORIC SITE -- The restored 1794 mansion, furnished with Federal- period antiques, is open from 11 to 4 daily except Tuesday. Hourly guided tours $5, students $4, seniors and ages 5 to 15 $3. 3601 Sully Rd., Chantilly. 703-437-1794.

TROLLEY MUSEUM -- Ride European and American trolleys, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5. Exhibits free; rides $3, seniors and ages 2 through 17 $2. Northwest Branch Park, 1313 Bonifant Rd., Silver Spring. 301-384-6088.

B&O RAILROAD STATION MUSEUM -- Permanent exhibits include a diorama depicting the trip of Tom Thumb, America's first scheduled passenger train. Adults $4, seniors and students $3, under 13 $2. Open Friday-Saturday and Monday 11 to 4, Sunday noon to 5. 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. 410-461-1944.

TOP OF THE WORLD -- Presentation about Baltimore and a view of the city from the 27th floor observation level. Open Wednesday through Sunday 10 to 6. $4, seniors $3, ages 3 to 16 $2. World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., Baltimore. 410-837-8439.

Library Programs

ARLINGTON CENTRAL -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Friday at 10. 1015 N. Quincy St. 703-228-5946.

ASPEN HILL -- Stories for preschoolers, Tuesday at 10:30. 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. 301-871-2094.

AURORA HILLS -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 10 and 11, and for ages 3 to 6, Thursday at 4. 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. 703-228-5715.

BADEN -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 13603 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine. 301-888-1152.

BELTSVILLE -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. Stories in English and Spanish for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 4319 Sellman Rd. 301-937-0294.

BOWIE -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Monday at 1 and Thursday at 10:30, and for ages 4 to 6, Tuesday at 7. 15210 Annapolis Rd. 301-262-7000.

CHERRYDALE -- Stories for ages 3 to 7, Wednesday at 7. 2190 Military Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6330.

COLUMBIA PIKE -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Monday at 11. 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. 703-228-5710.

FAIRFAX CITY -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday at 10:15. 3915 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax. 703-246-2281.

FAIRMOUNT HEIGHTS -- Storytime for ages 3 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 5904 Kolb St. 301-883-2700.

GLENARDEN -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 8724 Glenarden Pkwy. 301-772-5477.

GLENCARLYN -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7:30. 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. 703-228-6548.

GREAT FALLS -- Stories for ages 1 to 5, Monday at 10:30. 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. 703-757-8560.

GREENBELT -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 11 Crescent Rd. 301-345-5800.

HILLCREST HEIGHTS -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30. 2398 Iverson St. 301-630-4900.

HYATTSVILLE -- Stories in Spanish and English for ages 3 to 6, Saturday at 10:30. Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 11. Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7. 6530 Adelphi Rd. 301-985-4690.

KINGSTOWNE -- Activities for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 1. 500 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria. 703-339-4610.

LARGO-KETTERING -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Saturday at 10:30 and Thursday at 11. 9601 Capital Lane, Upper Marlboro. 301-336-4044.

LAUREL -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7 and Thursday at 10:30. Stories for ages 6 to 9, Wednesday at 7:30. 507 Seventh St. 301-776-6790.

LORTON -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Tuesday at 10:30. 9520 Richmond Hwy. 703-339-7385.

MARTHA WASHINGTON -- Stories and songs about food, Thursday at 10:30 for ages 3 to 5. 6614 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria. 703-768-6700.

NEW CARROLLTON -- Stories for ages 3 to 7, Saturday at 10:30 and Tuesday at 7. Stories for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:15. 7414 Riverdale Rd. 301-459-6900.

RICHARD BYRD -- Stories and activities for ages 2 to 5, Wednesday at 10:30. 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. 703-451-8055.

SHERWOOD -- Stories for ages 2 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. 703-765-3645.

SHIRLINGTON -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 7. 2786 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington. 703-228-6545.

SPAULDINGS -- Stories for ages 2 to 6, Monday at 7, and for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 5811 Old Silver Hill Rd., District Heights. 301-817-3750.

SURRATTS-CLINTON -- Stories for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday at 10:15, 11 and 11:45, and Wednesday at 7. 9400 Piscataway Rd., Clinton. 301-868-9200.

THOMAS JEFFERSON -- Stories and crafts for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 11 and Thursday at 2. 7415 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. 703-573-1060.

TYSONS-PIMMIT -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Thursday at 10:30. 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-790-8088.

UPPER MARLBORO -- Stories and activities for ages 3 to 5, Tuesday and Wednesday at 11. 14730 Main St. 301-629-9330.

WESTOVER -- Stories for ages 3 to 6, Wednesday at 2 and 7. 1800 N. Lexington St., Arlington. 703-228-5260.